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Judiciary Committee Hears Internet Sales Tax Testimony

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee today heard six witnesses discuss the Internet sales tax issue, with opinions ranging from opposition to support to allowing states to ban interstate commerce that does not comport with their tax laws. Many “bricks-and-mortar” retail stores, as well as the nation’s largest online retailer – Amazon.com – have come together to lobby for the collection of sales tax on all online and catalog sales. Currently, online and catalog retailers do not have to collect...

Wide Support for Internet Access Tax Moratorium

The Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 was designed to promote the growth of the Internet by placing a moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access and the creation of discriminatory taxes on emails and other data. The moratorium is set to expire in 2014, but two proposals being considered in Congress, the Senate’s Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act and its companion bill in the House, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, would permanently extend the ban on Internet...

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